Monte Hale

Main Street (East Side)

Honored in 1985/86

Monte Hale (born Buren Ely, June 8, 1919 - March 29, 2009) was a Country singer and movie actor of B-Western films. Often reported to have been born in San Angelo, Texas, Hale was really born in Ada, Oklahoma, but a Texan location sounded better for the movies. Starting to sing and play the guitar at an early age, Ely started playing in cities of Texas as well in Vaudeville and local rodeo shows.

During his B-Western film run of the early 1950s, Hale started to sing at rodeos and circuses. Hale soon retired from movies and begin to appear at western conventions.


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